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Mrs. Iris M. Holt, 87, of Clarksville, FL, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2011 in Blountstown, FL. Iris was born on December 5, 1923, in Lakeland, FL, and had lived in Calhoun County for most of her life. She, along with her husband, James, owned and operated the Seminole Restaurant in Calhoun County for several years. Iris was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 179 in Blountstown, FL. She was inducted into the Eastern Star on November 28, 1950, served as Worthy Matron in 1954 and held 16 out of 18 positions. She was a member of the Poplar Head Baptist Church in Clarksville. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Holt. Survivors include her son, Frank Gates, and his wife, Sylvia, of Fultondale, AL; one brother, Ed Frank McFarland, and his wife, Peggy, of Port St. Joe, FL; two sisters, Eunice Hill and her husband, Kelly, of Kinard, FL, and Virginia Newsome and her husband, J.C., of Frink, FL; two grandchildren, Holley Gates of Pelham, AL, and Gina Averett and her husband, John, of Tallahassee, FL. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 27, at 11 am (CDT) at Peavy Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Tommy Sumner officiating. Entombment will follow in the family mausoleum at Boggs Cemetery in Blountstown. The family will receive friends Tuesday, July 26, from 6:00 pm (CDT) until 8:00 pm (CDT) at Peavy Funeral Home. All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown (ph. 674-2266).

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